Setting goals is important. It helps you move forward doing the work God has planned for you. Ask God to help you set good goals. He knows what he'd like you to do and who he'd like you to do it with, but you have to work out many of the details yourself. You have to take the steps and put his ideas into action. Taking action is the outward working of your inward faith.
But your goals can be problematic if they aren't rooted right.
First, I'd suggest getting to know yourself well. Then you have a groundwork from which to set good and realistic goals.
Perhaps include these questions to get to know yourself:
1. What is my current energy level? Will my new goals fit with my energy level? What steps can I take to improve my energy level?
Personally, I sometimes think I should sign up to be a helper to seniors. But I know I would be wiped out after four hours of this type of activity. I have trouble doing my own house and yard work. So, for now, I won't apply to do that. But I will pray for God to restore my energy.
2. What is my sleep schedule? Will my new goals fit into my current schedule? Should a first goal be to change my schedule?
I've had to change my sleep schedule so that I can accomplish the goal of getting to a gym class I love. I didn't join until I'd made subtle changes.
3. Where am I needed to serve my family at present? Will new goals overload me or leave other things undone?
Joining my gym actually helped me with my chores as I tend to run to the grocery store, gas up, or do other errands right after gym class.
4. What are my passions? Will I lose interest in the new goals quickly? For instance, I sometimes like to volunteer here and there, but I often find my mind wandering to other interests I'd rather be doing. Can I commit to something I'm really not interested in?
Sometimes the only way to find out if a goal is right for you is to try it.
5. Am I strong enough to say no even to good things and not have a guilty conscience? Am I willing to change my goals to fit in something new God might be prompting me to do?
This ability to say no often takes practice. It also takes wisdom.
Next, consider the root or motive for setting your goals. For instance, is it your desire to include something new due to someone else's urging, or is it the result of a prompting from God?
Other people are quick to make suggestions, but they base them on their own worldview. Do you and don't compare yourself to others. Even if your hairdresser, doctor, or dentist suggests something, the choice to proceed or not is up to you.
A Personal Example
I've joined a gym of gym rats. They are eager to encourage members to workout 5 or even 6 days a week and have contests to keep you going.
I have chosen, though, to limit myself. I find, one workout gobbles up my day. I can't imagine doing that daily. I choose to live in balance that works for me.
Sometimes, the next day my body aches from the workout. I've decided it is often better for me personally to let my body recover. No matter how compelling the voices at the gym are, I have resolved to do what works for me, my body, and my responsibilities.
How about you? Is it time to set some new goals for yourself?